Chinese workers arrested in raid
Two Chinese takeaway workers have been arrested following a raid by immigration officials in Co Londonderry.
Officers from the UK Border Agency detained the men after they swooped on the Bamboo Garden Chinese fast food outlet in Magherafelt on Monday.
A 35-year-old Chinese man was arrested on the premises while a 31-year-old Chinese man was arrested at a residential address in the town a short time later.
Businessman Lap Kau Tang (49), of Tobermore Road, Magherafelt was later charged with facilitation.
He has been released on bail and is due to appear in court next month.
Mike Golden, Assistant Director for UK Border Agency in Northern Ireland, said the arrests were part of an ongoing operation to clamp down on the number of illegal immigrants coming to the UK.
“Illegal working threatens to damage our communities — it undercuts wages and exploits vulnerable workers,” he said.
“The UK Border Agency will take action against those businesses which ignore the rules and remove those with no right to be in the UK. There are strict rules about which foreign nationals can get a job in the UK and businesses have a clear responsibility to carry out the right checks.”